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The capital of Slovakia may not be as famous as the other great cities on the Danube, such as Vienna or Budapest, but it’s growing in popularity as a city where you admire the vast, picturesque river, and soak up historic European charm. It also makes for a perfect cheap getaway, thanks to the selection of budget-friendly accommodation which can be found right in the most attractive part of the city: the Stare Mesto, or old town district, which means you’ll be within walking distance of the main landmarks and attractions.

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Freddie Next to Mercury certainly has a striking name, and the hostel itself also stands out for its generous facilities and comfortable rooms, which range from 2-bed apartments to larger dormitories where you can get to know fellow travellers. Extra perks include free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor terrace. Hotel Turist has a delightful exterior bedecked with pastel-coloured balconies, while inside you’ll find simple, fuss-free rooms at cheap prices. Then there’s Patio Hostel, which has a bar and garden where you can mingle with other visitors, and the rooms themselves are charmingly colourful with free WiFi.

Where to find cheap food in Bratislava

Wander the old town area and you’ll find plenty of places to satisfy a rumbling tummy. Casual, family-run eateries serve up Slovakian classics like bryndzove halusky – a hearty dish of gnocchi-like potato dumplings with meat and sheep’s cheese. Or you can grab a richman sandwich, crammed with ham, mayo and cabbage, for cheap food on the go. Cheap places to eat can also be found to the northeast of the historic core, in the Obchodna district, where pizzerias, kebab shops and no-frills cafés serve up satisfying grub.

Cheap things to do in Bratislava

The main draw for anyone visiting Bratislava has to be the Stare Mesto. This old town district is a quaint warren of pastel-hued, centuries-old townhouses, their crimson-tiled roofs lit up by the sun. Here, you’ll discover tucked away pavement cafés, ornate fountains and tree-shaded squares where you can sit and people-watch. Amble with an ice cream in hand to take it all in. Afterwards, head over to the city’s other major attraction: Bratislava Castle. This vast rectangular fortress, studded with 4 corner towers, sits on a hill overlooking the city and the Danube. Not only is it fascinating to see the castle up close, and wander its Baroque-styled garden, but you’ll also get unparalleled views of the river. Another historic landmark is the Primate's Palace, with its rosy-pink, Neo-Classical façade, and gilded interiors boasting rich tapestries, crystal chandeliers and the famous Hall of Mirrors.

Cheap ways to get around Bratislava

It almost goes without saying that Bratislava is a city to primarily explore on foot. It’s certainly compact enough to discover at your leisure, with a small and largely pedestrianised central area. That said, if you fancy getting out beyond the historic heart, you can make use of the buses, trams and trolleybuses which ply the streets at regular intervals.